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Increase in mammogram screenings after brief pandemic pause

Corpus Christi clinic sees an increase in appointments since pandemic
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Posted at 6:31 AM, Oct 30, 2020
and last updated 2020-10-30 08:56:22-04

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas — Corpus Christi clinic officials say they are seeing an increase in mammogram screenings since September after a brief pause due to the pandemic.

A report from the Prevent Cancer Foundation shows 35% of American adults missed a cancer screening during the pandemic.

But now, diagnostic radiologist Jennifer Turner said more people are returning for mammogram screenings and she’s encouraging patients to stay on top of their medical care.

“Numbers are increasing specifically since September and now into October," said Turner, who works with Radiology Associates. "Women are continuing with their screenings."

Turner said the risk of exposure to COVID-19 during medical imaging is low and staff is committed to patient safety by following CDC guidelines such as contactless check-ins and screening for symptoms.

“Taking temperatures of patients as they arrive, practicing social distancing, and also disinfecting in between patients,” said Turner.

Mammography supervisor Courtney Hatch said all of the Radiology Associates offices use 3D mammography for screening.

“You know you schedule your mammogram, you come in and you get your mammogram screening done very quickly, with the most advanced technology out there,” Hatch said.

Turner said mammography is at the core of breast cancer screening by finding cancer early when it's most treatable.

“Increasing survival and decreasing the need for more extensive therapies. It’s been shown to decrease breast cancer deaths in the United States by about 40%,” said Turner.

For more information on mammogram screenings, check out this link.